Sri Lanka : top Country to visit in 2013 - Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet has named Sri Lanka as the top destination to visit, in its list of Best in Travel 2013 – Top 10 countries. Lonely Planet is the world’s most successful travel publisher, with over 100 million books in print. The travel guide mentions that Sri Lanka is an ‘undiscovered country’ that was hiding in plain sight. Now is the best time to explore and experience this destination that’s looking up after facing challenges like the civil war and tsunami.

  • Lonely Planet has named Sri Lanka as the top destination to visit, in its list of Best in Travel 2013 – Top 10 countries. Lonely Planet is the world’s most successful travel publisher, with over 100 million books in print.

    The travel guide mentions that Sri Lanka is an ‘undiscovered country’ that was hiding in plain sight. Now is the best time to explore and experience this destination that’s looking up after facing challenges like the civil war and tsunami.

    Sri Lanka is packed with a 2000 years-plus Culture, boasts eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The country has a large collection of ancient structures, including huge Buddhist Dagobas second only to the Egyptian Pyramids in size. Unique and finely detailed art and craft refined by artisans through the centuries could be seen at legendary temples.

    Go on an open-top 4WD safari tour to encounter the majestic elephants, sleek leopards, grumpy water buffaloes, all manner of birds and primates. The deep southern water of the Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka is arguably the best place to watch Blue whales and Sperm Whales whilst the waters off Kalpitiya are best to watch Dolphins.

    Escape the tropical lowlands and coastal areas to central hills. Walk or trek in the cool highland climes passing verdant Tea plantations. Take a trip to a lush rainforest or dare to go whitewater rafting down a raging river. Take a scenic train ride to enjoy the spectacular mountain views.

    The island is encircled by spectacular and unspoiled golden beaches. You can find world class diving and surfing spots, without the usual crowds.

    BEST IN TRAVEL is the culmination of hundreds of ideas from everyone at Lonely Planet, their community of travelers, bloggers and tweeters. . The final selection is made by a panel of in-house travel experts, based on topicality, excitement, value and that special X-factor.